Marvin Goldberger, Always Called “Murph”: Part 2

Part 1 is here. While Murph was still at Princeton, in his first years there, he was spending summers consulting, sometimes for defense contractors, sometimes for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.  (A lot of physicists did this: academic scientists’ salaries run for nine months; they needed summer money.)  Then a little later, during the post-Sputnik years, […]

Harry Baig & the Electronic Battlefield

This is a war story.  It does have a little math, physics, and technology in it, but the real reason I’m writing about it is that Harry Baig got under my skin.  Baig was a Marine, and in 1968, during the Vietnam War, he was among those trapped in a siege at Khe Sanh.  Baig’s […]